Thai king treated for blood infection, lung inflammation – palace

Thai king treated for blood infection, lung inflammation - palace

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, has received treatment for a blood infection & lung inflammation, the palace said on Sunday.

The 87-year-old monarch has been in Bangkok's Siriraj hospital for more than three months & has been treated for water on the brain since being admitted for a check-up in May. He was treated for a chest infection on Monday.

Bhumibol's health is watched closely in Thailand, where he is widely revered as a moral arbiter & symbol of continuity in a country that has seen much upheaval during his 69-year reign.

The king had on Saturday developed high fever & had a lower than normal concentration of blood oxygen, the palace said in a statement.

"A blood examination found infection. X-ray results on the chest found inflammation in the lower left lung," it said, adding that his blood pressure was normal yet fever remained.

Doctors adjusted antibiotics & administered additional oxygen, the palace said.

Bhumibol has spent most of the past six years in hospital. Most Thais have known no other monarch, & nervousness over the succession has played into a decade of political division in Thailand.

(Reporting by Viparat Jantraprap; Editing by Martin Petty & Andrew Heavens)

Source: “Reuters”